Oral history interview of Michael Waldrop, conducted by John Grande in Orlando, Florida on February 27th, 2018.
0:31 Birth-date and general family background info; 1:40 Background history with veteran involvement; 2:00 Elementary Education; 4:01 Basic Training at Ft. Benning; 8:00 Discussing the differences between Basic and O.C.S.; 9:41 Talks about his MOS; 13:13 Family history in the military, grandfather and father; 16:20 Why he chose the Infantry over other MOS's; 19:39 Being recalled to active duty from the Inactive Reserve; 21:50 Training in preparation for re-deploying; 27:30 Talks about the importance of the Mission in Afghanistan; 28:20 First impressions of Afghanistan; 30:40 Taking enemy fire while traveling in a helicopter; 32:25 Describes the experience of working closely with local Afghans; 34:10 A typical day in Afghanistan; 35:50 Working with coalition forces in Afghanistan; 36:55 Details the engagement where he was wounded in leg on July 9, 2006; 46:38 Medical treatment in field hospital following medivac; 48:30 Returning Stateside briefly to recuperate from wounds; 49:47 Leaving Afghanistan following 13 months and returning home; 50:30 Experience with mental health counseling and non-profit work with vets; 51:44 Leaving the Army following Afghanistan; 52:30 Awarded CIB, Purple Heart, and two Bronze Stars for valor; 53:17 Post military employment; 55:45 Conclusion.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
03/11 in Vietnam
Location of Service
Con Thien (Vietnam); Khe Sanh (Vietnam); Camp Carroll (South Korea); Vandegrift Combat Base (Vietnam)
Master Gunnery Sergeant; MGySgt
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Silver Star Medal; Purple Heart Medal
NCOIC Disbursing, Kaneohe MCAS
The veteram had battles in Laos border, North/South Vietnam borders. He had three injuries in Vietnam. He was awarded Silver Star Medal three times. His son is on the faculty of the UCF School of Performing Arts and the Rosen College of Business.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
University of Central Florida
Waldrop, Michael; Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, 2001-present -- Personal Narratives; United States. Marine Corps
Contains logs, audio and video recordings of interviews with Central Florida's veterans as part of a history class project for the students at the University of Central Florida (UCF). The UCF Community Veterans History Project(CVHP) started in fall 2010. It collects, preserves, and makes accessible to the public the experiences of Central Florida's veterans so that future generations will better understand the realities of conflict. It is a collaborative endeavor supported by multiple departments and offices at UCF. The veterans' histories are archived and made digitally available through the UCF library and selected materials are contributed to the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress.
Contributor Affiliation / Organization
RICHES; University of Central Florida
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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UCF Community Veterans History Project
Central Florida, RICHES, "Waldrop, Michael interview" (2018). Veterans Oral Histories. 582.